updated 02:10 pm EDT, Sun May 11, 2014
Design changes current bar organization system, removes tab system
In a design that moves away from its familiar client layout, including the tab system that was introduced last year, Google is said to be testing a new interface for the web. Screenshots from a current Gmail test obtained by Geek show the alteration of the client for the first time since the introduction of the current layout in 2011.
The new layout looks to take a more minimalistic approach to design, as it removes the fixed left hand bar that many users have become accustomed to. A slide-in menu goes in its place, allowing users to hide the bar altogether if they wish. Gone is the inbox tab system that was launched last year to mixed reviews. A sorting system remains in place, but integrates the same tabs titles with additions like finance and travel with the main inbox, rather than splitting it apart. The design matches a previous layout test that Geek uncovered in April for mobile devices.
Further changes include Hangout integration shifting to the upper right side of the interface, rather than the lower right. In its place, a button menu is added which moves to the upper right side of the screen, which contains buttons for composing emails and a reminder creation button. The star system has also been replaced by a pin system. This system allows pinned items to be brought to the top of the email list when switched on with a button at the top of the screen. No changes to the contact system have been addressed.
No official information on the redesign has been posted by the company, but the design change only shows aspects that might make it into a final release. Google has been known to test designs in the past that never made it to the public.